Brass Candlesticks - Any Info Appreciated

Discussion in 'Metalware' started by dgbjwc, Jun 18, 2019.

  1. dgbjwc

    dgbjwc Well-Known Member

    Hello Board Friends - I have once again wandered into an area that I really don't know much about. I purchased these three candlesticks and their accompanying note at auction. I thought they would be fun to research and the I thought the attached note would provide me with enough information to start exploring. I know the dangers of these handwritten notes but I have searched in vain for any book by McCarron (and many other spellings) and came up empty. Does anyone have a lead on what book the note might be referring to? Any help would be much appreciated. Thank you.
    Don

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  2. wildrose

    wildrose Well-Known Member

    I think seeing the underside of these will help a lot.
     
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  3. dgbjwc

    dgbjwc Well-Known Member

    Thank you, wildrose. The pictures are below. Please forgive my paw - it was the only way I could get the bottom lit enough to see details.
    Don

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  4. silverthwait

    silverthwait Well-Known Member

    "A paws in the day's occupations..."

    (Aplogies to Mr Longfellow.)
     
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  6. Rod

    Rod New Member

    Hi Don, The note referencing a book means nothing to me. However, I can give some well educated guesses on your sticks. All three are English. 1)The short one on the left dates to 1710 - 1730. The general type often is often (questionably) called "Queen Anne". 2)The middle one dates to about 1790. The Brits often refer to brass of this color as "bell metal". It is brass with more copper content rather than bronze. 3)The third stick is 19th century. I don't pay much attention to them.
     
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  7. dgbjwc

    dgbjwc Well-Known Member

    Hi Rod - thank you so much for your response. I appreciate your willingness to share your expertise. I need to do some work on the oldest candlestick. There is a candle stuck down inside which is preventing the mechanism from working. Would it damage the value any if I was to polish these candlesticks?
    Don
     
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  8. Rod

    Rod New Member

    Hey Don, The various ejector mechanisms can be clogged and stuck with wax. All that is needed is to apply some heat to free them up. I like to use a common propane torch. A friend prefers taking them outside to pour a kettle of hot water on them........ Polishing is a personal preference. None have an aged patina you would destroy by polishing. Personally I would leave the old one alone, probably polish the 1790 stick and ignore the third. ..... Consider gaining some experience with the third with the round foot. It can probably, with a little careful work be restored to round. Try at first the wood end of a hammer or similar tool. Use a piece of soft wood like pine as an anvil. If you have the aptitude for sensitivity toward the metal, you can tell if it is malleable or brittle. Go easy at first then build up. If you sense it is brittle, then stop. Given what it is, I think within a few moments it can be back to round. Regards, Rod
     
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  9. dgbjwc

    dgbjwc Well-Known Member

    Thanks again, Rod! I will try your suggestions.
    Don
     
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